Grant to fire up brigade safety

May 21, 2024 BY

Prepared: Teesdale CFA brigade and its volunteers are the beneficiaries of a People of Post grant. Photo: FILE

TWO volunteer Country Fire Authority brigades in Golden Plains have been awarded Australia Post People of Post community grants.

Dereel CFA and Teesdale CFA are both beneficiaries of the program run by the national postal service with an aim of backing grassroots disaster and resilience, environment, and sustainability initiatives.

Teesdale CFA has received $1150 to install two hose winders on two fire tankers, while Dereel CFA’s $2000 is going towards the purchase of up to three Break-A-Part firefighting branches from manufacturer, GAAM Industries.

This equipment is expected to boost the safety of volunteer firefighters, and improve operational control.

“At the heart of this initiative is Australia Post team members, who witness first-hand the incredible work community groups do every day across Australia,” said Australia Post general manager community and stakeholder engagement, Nicky Tracey.

“Our People of Post grants give them the chance to give back.

“At a time where cost of living is high, it’s great that Australia Post can help make a lasting impact to some of Australia’s most pressing issues.

“We also know community groups are pivotal in fostering a sense of belonging and making a positive difference to individuals every day, which is particularly important at a time where one in seven Australians experience social isolation and loneliness.”

The People of Post Grants program also aims to back grassroots Indigenous children’s literacy and learning, and mental health initiatives.

Grants of up to $2000 are provided to successful applicants.

More than 150 grants have gone to organisations across the country this year.